Beth Hakanson

Beth Hakanson (Miller)

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Beth Miller Hakanson passed away at home on May 31, 2020. She was the wife of Donald Kip Hakanson for 49 years and mother to Justin, Jacob, and Benjamin.
Born at Philadelphia Naval Hospital, October 16, 1946.
Grandmother of Phineas (11), Hamish (9), and Gideon (9).
Daughter of Richard H. Miller and Marjorie V. Mearns.
Sister of Ellen Selig and Christopher Miller.
Graduated from BYU with a degree in Art.
Married July 9, 1971 in the Salt Lake Temple.
During her life she lived in literally every corner of the United States and many places in between.
She served for years in cub scouts and loved every minute.
Teenage girls gave her hives, as she learned in a brief stint working with the Young Women.
She was a kid at heart and collected all the toys she could. Her home was filled with her dolls, Legos, trains, puppets, puzzles, squirt guns, stuffed animals, and every silly little trinket or wind-up toy she could find. Her grandsons learned to put away "Grandma's toys" at the end of their visits.
Excelled artistically in sewing, smocking, painting, photography, graphic design, and any creative endeavor other than gardening.
She bored her boys to tears in every fabric store from Oregon to Utah.
She made clothes for herself and her sons, even showing enough bravery to let her boys pick the fabric they wanted to wear.
She ran her own business designing, making, and selling American Girl doll clothes for many years.
She treated every colorful character her sons brought home with acceptance, love, and respect. She even welcomed many of them to move in for as long as they needed a place to stay. Many of those friends feel she was like another mother to them.
She loved every one of her Miniature Schnauzers: Skipper, Beau, Heidi, Mo, Muggsy, and Buddy.
She loved her convertible Volkswagen Bug and showed her impish side with her license plate frame: “You should see me without my top.” (The frame was a gift from her mother, from whom she also got her sense of humor. Surprisingly, her sons are complete angels.)
She took to heart President Kimball’s admonition to train her sons, so she taught them to cook and clean up afterwards and to do their own laundry. Conveniently, this coincided with her lack of love for cooking.
She was always at the ballpark with her multi-colored propeller hat and yelled to her boys to "Make my hat spin!" and "Catch these babies!"
Later in life she struggled with her breathing and memory, but always kept a positive attitude and was happy and kind to every visitor.
She brought beauty, love, and joy into our lives and we will miss her dearly.

Funeral services will be Friday June 5, 2020, 11a.m, at the Orem Utah Sharon Stake Center, 545 South 800 East, Orem, Current Covid-19 guidelines observed.

There will be a viewing for the public on Thursday June 4th from 6-8pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home at 600 E 800 N Orem, UT. Current Covid-19 guidelines observed

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 4th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, June 4th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Current Covid-19 guidelines observed
  • Service

    Sharon Stake Center
    545 South 800 East
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current Covid-19 guidelines observed


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Christian Larsen

Posted at 02:30pm
With sadness I heard about Beth's passing last week. As my childhood neighbor for many years, Beth was always seen as a great friend of the family. I remember Beth's kindness and generosity whenever in need of a favor. Whether it was an alteration or simply a missing ingredient, Beth was happy to help. She was also not afraid to kick me off the basketball court if I started shooting on Sundays lol! Regardless, I enjoyed seeing her in my Mom's living room whenever she'd visit. When asked how she's doing with her health problems, Beth was quick to respond with a wry smile and a joke. Thanks for being such a great neighbor, Beth! My deepest sympathies, Kip, Justin, Jake, and Ben, as your family remembers and celebrates her life.

Terrie Baird

Posted at 07:58pm
Dear Kip and family, I will always remember how dedicated your mom was to anything she undertook. Beth was always such a strong example to me. She was so patient with so many scouts and always reached out to those that might have been forgotten. she really was selfless in so many ways. We will miss her.

Terrie Baird and family

Larry Wilkins

Posted at 06:47pm
Dear Kip and all of the Hakanson family, I would like to offer my sincere condolences at the passing of Beth. During the four years that I Aattended church services with the Sharon 6th ward, I really enjoyed seeing, greeting, and visiting with Beth. I especially enjoyed her visits to our home during the years that Dixie and I were married. She was one one Dixie and Rae Danner's Visiting Teachers and her visits were very special. Your family is in my prayers for comfort from the Lord for all of your family during your time of grief and loss. Love you all.
Larry Wilkins

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